This is certainly the longest-running political “crisis” (word chosen carefully) in my own lifetime, certainly in terms of its dominance and grip-hold of the television news schedules and coverage. It’s hard to imagine what British Television News was ever like before Brexit became a “thing”.
Despite all the hours of coverage and expert after expert contributing to the events, I’m still really none the wiser.
One correspondent who I feel does do a reasonable job at explaining is Rob Watson, BBC World News. Possibly because he’s explaining to a wider world, and not just to the UK.
I agree with you, James. I remember back in the early 2000s I felt the same way about the Iraq War. There was loads of build-up, then the actual conflict, followed by the aftermath that dragged on for years. I would say it lasted from about 2002 until at least 2007/8. It was then superseded by financial crash that seemed to dominate the airwaves from 2008 onward until Brexit came on the scene. I don't know, maybe broadcasters just like to make a meal of everything these days for dramatic effect and ratings. Some serious stuff happened in decades gone by but I just don't recall the broadcasters becoming obsessed to the same degree.
I do agree that I feel none the wiser about Brexit. I have always had quite an interest in politics and even I'm fed up of it now. God knows what the average person without an interest in politics feels by now.
I'm not familiar with Rob Watson as I ended up losing access to BBC World News a couple of years ago. I do recall, however, that when I did have BBC World for all those years, their coverage was often better because they had to break it down and explain things a lot more clearly for the foreign audience. I feel that domestic coverage can often assume a lot. I've also noticed a trend among political journalists on domestic TV for geekery and a little smugness. I get that they're so deeply involved and probably live, eat and sleep politics, but to many people I'm sure it just comes across as too "Westminster village". There's a balance to be struck somewhere.
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